Earth Day is Every Day

I could never imagine a world where we didn’t care about Earth Day. It’s not something that has even occurred to me, and it’s slightly terrifying right now to know and understand that there are children being taught in schools across the world that we don’t have to care.

For as long as I have a memory, I can recall memories of celebrating Earth Day in elementary school. The painting, the collages, the reading, the reports on Jane Goodall, the science projects, and the days where we just ran around and had field day. Because we appreciated our Earth and what it gave to us. There have been animals going extinct since I was born. In my childhood bedroom I had a lot of books. I had this one book, and now it’s out of date. But it was a book of endangered animals. I read through it a lot. I remember it had really good artwork. But the book is out of date because so many animals need to be added to it.

Earth Day itself isn’t just about conservation efforts, or more so we can’t focus on that simply alone. I spent a lot of time as a child doing events for Earth Day through girl scouts as well, where we provided conservation teaching. I guess that’s also something I have to mention, I grew up in California. The drought has like always been there. I always knew to recycle, to conserve water, and I had these ideas ingrained in me as a child. We always separated out cans and bottles, and cardboard at my house. It was just the thing to do. It’s strange to me that people don’t know that still even today.  But anyway, Earth Day is also about the science behind conservation. The science that allowed us to understand and realize we need to conserve is why we all really do it.

I did science fair projects in elementary school. I counted the probability of getting different colors of M&M’s (1st place; 1st grade), Understanding if hamsters can be trained (2nd grade, third place), Do plants grow better while listening to a certain type of music? (Blast the country folks, 1st place, third grade)…I forget what I did in fifth grade but I know in sixth I…

mummified fish.

Yes, I grew maggots in one of them. I used different house hold products to see if I could mummify fish with them and obviously my control had to be a rotting fish that sat in our garage for about two weeks. Science happens.

All of those projects were fun and tested my abilities, and really taught me things about our world. Earth Day and science go way back because without science we wouldn’t band together to celebrate and protect our earth that we happened to start to destroy. It’s the duty of every global citizen to speak up for earth and those working hard to understand it.

I’m a poor student when it comes to combining math and science together but I do know one thing and it is that life without science would be pretty boring. Especially without women scientists.

This idea that men run science is so outdated

Let’s talk about what Earth Day means in the year of the girl, as I like to call it- ever since the woman’s march we really have seen women stand up for themselves and others in a sort of revolution unmatched in history. Living through a period of time right now where women are being challenged in the scientific community is so strange to me. I love science and medicine and it’s so bizarre that we are still proving ourselves worthy of things like grants for new breakthroughs. We only have one Earth, and we have to allow everyone who wants to better it, do so. That also applies to smaller things like when someone you don’t like does something really good for earth. But more on that another time maybe? I may be someone who’s future is in media but media helps expose how our Earth is treated and needs help. Media helps gain funding for projects to help Earth. Everything is connected. Earth is round, thus everything is a circle. When more women help Earth, more of Earth can help others. Earth is something that always gives back when you give and nurture it. So yes of course we need more women defending Earth.

I think it’s kind of a cruel joke for us to have called Earth, Mother Earth, as a female but yet allowed men to have the final say in terms of protecting it or researching to save it. We need women’s input and minds because as much as I love hearing about Darwin- I also would love to deeply research women when talking about historical scientific discoveries. And for young girls like me, doing science fair projects- they need to see and understand that women can create. They can discover. It is not a man’s world at all. It is a world for everyone to protect.

I think that as well it’s important for someone like me, within the media mindset of everything to understand that I also have to represent women in science. I grew up with several women in discovery,  but most of all I think Jane Goodall or Mae Jemison had the most impact. I remember learning about them in third grade and being really impacted by them. And sort of spurring off of that and recognizing women in science don’t only have to be taught about to students but be seen in media.

And to everyone saying that representation through movies or tv shows doesn’t make an impact…

at any given day, any hour, I dare you to spend time researching any tweet tagged with Grey’s Anatomy or a cast member’s @ on twitter.

The next generation of female surgeons, doctors, and nurses. Taking over the health care system because their love for it was so thoroughly shown on screen. And medicine is science. It’s STEM. These women are out there researching and going for what they want and conquering the stereotypes.

So not only do I owe it to Earth to have more women in science, but I owe it to my work to showcase that. Science isn’t just about nature and saving that but understanding that we humans are mammals, part of the animal kingdom within nature. We are part of Earth and it’s time we stop separating from that. And also for women to start raising their voices within science. It’s about science instead of silence, and for women to claim their part in creating a better world.

I did a lot of research through out the past few months because I knew about again women that I loved in science and how they’re impacting the world so I reached out and found the Jane Goodall Institute. Jane Goodall really represents women in science because she simply never took no for an answer and kept fighting for her research and is now the number one person skilled in chimpanzee communication- which if you know anything about humans and primates is a big deal. Jane Goodall has developed her institute into this mega idea where they don’t only work on her primate research but they also have expanded. These expansions include inspiring other young girls in STEM fields, but also globally providing women with access to education, healthcare, and clean water. Without these things women can not achieve, and it’s important for us to help struggling countries bring their women forward into a society of education and work, and less disease and death.

So to combine those two together and as a tribute to standing up for women in STEM, using your voice for global good, to fill that silence- through my side project which is Pompeo’s Posse, I wanted to donate to Jane Goodall Institute, while thanking Grey’s Anatomy and Ellen Pompeo, for showcasing strong women in the sciences through representation in the arts. (So buy a shirt, raise your voice, help fund the institute)

Because I believe that every day is earth day if we just cared a little bit more about treating our Earth kindly, researching to protect her and her inhabitants, and to raise our voices for the voiceless. Nature can scream at us through the weather but if we do not stop to listen, what will be done?

Listen to Earth. And defend her.

Drink of choice:

Organic Fair Trade Tea from English Tea Shop!

Flavor: Lemongrass/ginger/citrus

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One Day Feminsim

We need to have a talk. A deep talk, one you probably don’t want to hear. But we have to talk or else things won’t get better.  There’s been a movement happening and I could bore you with stats and facts I have about feminism existing for years and each of the waves but that’s counter productive here. You know feminism exists, and you know it’s becoming mainstream. There is a evil lurking in that mainstream factor, and that is what I call “one day feminism”

Every ounce of support is wanted and needed, no matter who you are let’s just address that first. I’m not at all saying to never participate if you happen to fall under the category of one day feminism but I’m asking you to try harder. If not for yourself for all the women you’re supposed to be supporting with your activism. I’ve seen a huge up rise of young women being self proclaimed feminists and I love it, I do, but being feminist for your convenience be it for celebrity popularity, or to stand out, and make a fashion statement- whatever it may be there is a gap. This gap exists when you don’t make a habit of putting feminism into your everyday life. You have the merchandise, you have the gear-but do you have the feminist heart?

There is a lot of hypocrisy I find. I delve into the existence of online fandoms or so be it, which is where a lot of this happens. Girls who feel they’re special for liking books still while other girls party (which in itself is partially part of slut shaming, but let’s not dig into that too much), or are outsiders- you know the type. They have this tendency to gravitate to the feminist movement and then drop it the next day. They won’t admit they are but how do you raise up a woman and empower her, but turn around and dismiss and undermine another just the same day and call yourself a feminist when your favorite celebrity gets online? That’s not how feminism works. I believe in embracing it through lifestyle changes, through speaking out which takes me to a second topic here. One woman’s voice is worth more than others right now. How did we get here? I see it constantly, you praise a woman for speaking her mind and getting rid of negativity or toxicity around her and then when you inflict that very negativity on another woman, and you shame her for trying to remove it- the very basis of “internet dragging“. That is a problem.

Women’s voices are being silenced every day and yet this culture wants to simultaneously tell women to speak out but allow other women to negatively shame them. What is this mess? I see far too much of it. Under the guise of being “petty” or being “extra” as a joke which is just them hiding because they know they’ve done wrong. Their idol may even feel disappointed in them. So what do you do when you’re confronted with this issue. How can we carefully watch each other so we don’t invalidate what we want to believe in while not policing each others opinions.

You can have a negative opinion on a woman. You can not like her hair, her face, her personality- but you do not have to speak that negative opinion. Opinions like those are ones you keep carefully hidden up, and not associated with you. When hating someone becomes a part of your identity, it’s harmful. I hear a name, I associate it with them hating someone I love for example. That should not be how life is? Then to turn around and say “oh this or that woman inspires me and I love her, and go women’s rights we need to fight back blah blah”. It helps a little bit. It raises some noise. But does it raise it in your heart?

Don’t be a feminist for a day. We don’t need you for your celebrity or your to make yourself look good. Being a feminist is about bringing women up, starting from inside yourself. We need women who care about others who may not even care for them. Because we all deserve equality.

Be a feminist for life.